2018 state-wide court filings show that the City of Myrtle Beach is the most sued city government in the state (for any city of its size). A large portion of those legal challenges were filed by the city’s own merchants.
Horry County Council cut off funding for the city managed library in 2018. The city increasingly finds itself at odds with its own merchants and the rest of Horry County. The City of Myrtle Beach is also being sued by Horry County for not funding a promised county school, which it legally committed to fund through a special tax arrangement set up by the Federal government. The City of Myrtle Beach collected those millions in taxes over a twenty year period, but now refuses to build the school.
In total, thirteen city merchants are suing the City of Myrtle Beach. Today, Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen took to Facebook stating he is not a crook.
Said Myrtle Beach city business owner, Tuvia Wilkes, “Citizens fear the city, wreaking revenge on any tax payers who dare stand up. This is how the city gets by with everything…. the thugs that are paid to work for us, have turned the tables and now have control through intimidation.”
On December 11th, Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen was given a contract extension and pay raise by city council. Readers can view the entire thread of the Myrtle Beach City Manager’s remarks here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/197723917627459/permalink/367108140689035/